Angel Miscues Help Cubs Rally for Victory

Roney Alcala singled twice, doubled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Antonio Valerio singled twice, doubled, and collected two RBI, as the Cubs rallied for three runs in the 9th and defeated the Angels 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning at Diablo Park Field #7 in Tempe, AZ.


The two teams combined to commit nine errors, including four by Angel SS Franklin Torres.

Eloy Jimenez played RF for the first time in about a month. He has been nursing a sore right arm that has not prevented him from hitting but has kept him from throwing.

Here is the abridged box score from today's game (Cubs players only):  

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Charcer Burks, CF: 1-5 (K, 5-3, 1B, F-7, K, SB)
2a. Kevin Brown, 3B: 1-3 (4-3, 2B, K, RBI)
2b. Adonis Paula, 3B: 0-1 (HBP, E-1, R)
3. Shamil Ubiera, LF: 1-5 (1B, 6-3, P-6, P-5, K+WP, R)
4a. Eloy Jimenez, RF: 0-2 (5-4 FC, E-6, R)
4b. Ricardo Marcano, RF: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 3-U)
5. Antonio Valerio, DH: 3-5 (K, 2B, E-6, 1B, 1B, 2 RBI)
6. Gleyber Torres, SS: 1-5 (1-3, 6-3, 1B, 5-4 FC, E-6)
7a. Erick Castillo, C: 0-2 (F-8, 3-U)
7b. Mark Malave, PH-C: 0-2 (K, E-6, BB, CS)
8. Varonex Cuevas, 2B: 0-4 (F-8, F-7, P-6, K)
9. Roney Alcala, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3-U, 2B, 1B, 2 R, SB)

CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Tyler Ihrig: 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 51 pitches (32 strikes)
2. Hector Perez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 23 pitches (16 strikes)
3. Andin Diaz: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/FO, 27 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Jasvir Rakkar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/1 GO/FO, 9 pitches (6 strikes)
5. Francisco Carrillo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/FO, 16 pitches (9 strikes)

CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd base)
2. P Tyler Ihrig - E-1 (errant throw on attempted pick-off at 2nd base allowed runner to score unearned run)
3. SS Gleyber Torres - E-6 (two-base throwing error allowed batter to reach 2nd base - eventually scored unearned run)
4. LF Shamil Ubiera - E-7 (dropped pop fly allowed batter to reach 2nd base and runner at 2nd base to score)

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Erick Castillo: 0-3 CS, 1 PO

ATTENDANCE: 9

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 80's  

Comments

I know Castro committed an error today - and I didn't see it but I'm sure it was dumb, but I don't like it when "closers" walk batters.

he may have not gotten a double play on it, but he flubbed it rather badly with the play right in front of him and an easy out at 2nd. it was an error he shouldn't have made even if he was rushing a bit.

Especially in the ninth inning. That's not cool. Too bad, too, because he's been making some nice plays.

Kerry Wood 20K Watch: Wacha with 9 K's through 3.1 IP, 72 pitches though

10 K, 5 BB, 4 IP for Wacha and he's pulled, that's quite the line...93 pitches.

Happy 100 Wrigley!

Here is former Wrigley concession employee making a big hit later in life
(back to the camera)

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:AN...

Bears schedule

http://www.nfl.com/schedules/2014/REG/BEARS

vs. Buffalo, @ 49ers, @ Jets, vs. Packers, @ Panthers, @ Falcons, vs. Dolphins, @ Patriots, Bye, @ Packers, vs. Vikings, vs. Buccaneers, @ Lions, vs. Cowboys, vs. Saints, vs. Lions, @ Vikings

13-3 baby!!!

who do dey lose to, my friend ?

/ditka
//sausage

Sixteen and O! Da Bears will will beat da Packers in da NFC Championship Game! Aaron Rogers will get sacked 8x!

Dear closers, Don't walk batters.

Jedi (really Theo) is gonna take a pitcher at No. 4 right? Given this draft is pitcher-heavy, and the relative lack of arms in our system compared with our positional depth, this seems pretty obvious. One of Hoffman, Beede, Rodon, Aiken, Kolek is gonna be there.

John Manuel: We thought the same thing last year, when the Cubs picked No. 2 overall, but they wound up going with a hitter in Kris Bryant. That said, there is not a Bryant in this draft, and this pitcher class is stronger than it was last year. Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod were all in town last week to see both Jeff Hoffman and Carlos Rodon, so both are in play, as potentially are Aiken and Kolek as you said. I can see Aaron Nola being in that mix, though he’s more in the Mike Leake mold, and I believe Kyle Freeland, Erick Fedde and Brandon Finnegan also could be in that mix at No. 4. None of those guys would stun me at No. 4, though I would at this point be a bit surprised by Beede at that spot.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/2014-draft-...

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ECU right hander Jeff Hoffman will miss at least his next two starts after experiencing arm soreness during a side session yesterday.

Kiley [email protected]
As it's explained to me this is proactive measure to deal w/soreness & not obscuring serious injury. Expectation is JH is fine in a few wks.

From what I have heard, McLeod runs the draft with supervision from Hoyer, but Epstein does not sit in on most of the draft, and never over rules either Hoyer or McLeod.

While at Boston, Epstein was strongly against drafting Bucholtz, and was angry when Hoyer insisted on picking him, calling him a crazy SOB. Even then, he did not over rule Hoyer, and later, when Bucholtz led them to a World Series win, told him that he was glad he was a crazy SOB.

I think there are very few Owners/Presidents that over rule the experts they hire. Those that do are notorious, and usually not very successful.

minors..

C. Black goes 6 IP, 8 K, 3 BB, 0 H for Smokies in the win

Zastryzny goes 4.2 IP, 5 K, 1 BB, 7 H, 4 ER for Daytona in loss, Amaya with a 3/5 day and a SB

Skulina goes 4.1 IP, 4 BB, 2 K, 3 ER, 6 H in the Kane County win, Dunston Jr. with a HR

Any word on Soler? Is he in Mesa doing anything?

Last I heard he had a hurt hammy or some such and was supposed to be out a week, but I'm pretty sure that was at least a week ago.

A week? He's been out three weeks, injured (pulled hamstring) opening night, 4/3.

Time flies, even when you're following a shitty team like the Cubs

CARMELO: Jorge Soler is taking "live" BP at Riverview but he is not yet playing outfield or doing any baserunning.

CJ Shoulder Injury -

Worried much?:

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/27022540-419/cubs-t...

Ruggiano DL with hammy injury?

Justin Ruggiano was diagnosed Thursday morning with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. That carries a best-case recovery timetable of 3-4 weeks.

Personally I'm expecting it to be 8 weeks so I'll be pleased when it only ends up being 6.

Cubs sent Parker down and brought up Neil Ramirez in his place. Parker didn't show Renteria much in the spring (1.78 WHIP).

They also brought up Rosscup instead of another outfielder to replace Ruggiano. They needed a lefty arm. I thought Russell was a mess yesterday, giving up the tying run on a fastball--not what he was called to the mound to throw. But his breaking stuff had no break. Whatever that dead arm business was in the spring, it's still a problem.

Vitters could do a decent Ruggiano imitation but after a decent start he's been slumping. Maybe later.

team has enough OF'rs anyway...sureholds/lake/kalish/sweeney/boni can more than handle getting it done out there.

RF gets a little weaker for backup options with quality arms, though.

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  • Throwbacks with fashionable cutouts would be a nice touch.

    Charlie 10 min 11 sec ago view
  • The next 2 games are nationally televised. I think we dominate tonight, hitting 3 HRs off Shields. Great night for KB to end HR drought facing HR prone pitcher in one of the most hitter friendly parks in the league.

    chitownmvp01 42 min 43 sec ago view
  • If the ball didn't deflect off the pitcher's mound, the game wouldn't have ended. Montgomery did miss his location though, but if that same contact was made and went in any of direction, good chance of ground out if it doesn't get through.

    If it was 1 night later, Chapman would be out there and we probably would be going to extras.

    Also, If KB wasn't robbed of a HR, perhaps we would have won. We will never know. Nice play by Melky though.

    chitownmvp01 44 min 26 sec ago view
  • The comparison isn't Chapman replacing Rondon. It's Chapman replacing Richard (hopefully) in the pen. Chapman's better.

    billybucks 2 hours 41 min ago view
  • I'm with you, Rob. You pretty much summed up how I feel about it.

    JoePepitone 5 hours 1 min ago view
  • Been quite the roller-coaster the past two days -- both games, plus the Chapman kerfuffel. How about a couple of nice, comfortable wins before facing Sale? Cubs should definitely wear throwbacks for that game.

    billybucks 5 hours 56 min ago view
  • The Cubs are stronger defensively than most of the teams they play. In order to capitalize on that, they have to a) put the ball in play and b) run the bases aggressively.

    That said, Cabrera has a strong, accurate arm, as witnessed by his 97 outfield assists over 12 seasons--mostly left field but also a lot of center. Bryant is rarely thrown out, but I guess you have to know who's throwing the ball.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 50 min ago view
  • On the other hand, Pries won his first start for Iowa, only giving up two HRs in the process. This trade has got some legs yet!

    Eric S 15 hours 58 min ago view
  • KB now with 0 RBI in his last 10 games and 1 in his last 15, despite having 19 hits in his last 15 games and raising his batting average from .278 to .286 over that span.

    Maybe have Zobrist hit 2 and KB hit 4?

    Also -- no HR in the last 15 games -- time for a bunch. Starting tomorrow.

    billybucks 16 hours 14 min ago view
  • Down a run. Fowler on first. Nobody out. KB singles to left, Fowler makes it to third, perfect throw from Cabrera nails KB trying to stretch for 2nd.

    So, instead of 1st & 3rd and no out, you have 3rd with one out. It was a perfect throw, but why take the chance with 3-4-5 hitters coming up?

    billybucks 16 hours 28 min ago view
  • Must be a Cub thing - our lefties can;t get lefties out.

    billybucks 16 hours 29 min ago view
  • Splitting hairs, but Jake's pitch was poor execution, while KB's play was a poor decision (and the 2nd time he got thrown out trying to stretch in the game). Poor execution happens. Poor decisions are preventable. Speaking of poor decisions -- Baez's steal of 3rd made absolutely no sense.

    billybucks 16 hours 29 min ago view
  • Didn't Jake cost them the game with a pitch to Frazier?

    The E-Man 16 hours 43 min ago view
  • Missed the play w/Bryant. What happened?

    The E-Man 16 hours 44 min ago view
  • Not a good decision by Bryant in the 9th. That may have cost them the game.

    billybucks 16 hours 48 min ago view
  • Can we un-do the Montgomery deal? Please?

    billybucks 16 hours 49 min ago view